Thursday, November 29, 2007
We had all three, and more in Ashland. The tango festival there is definitely unique; I like these small ones much better than the massive mob scene varieties, such as Portland a couple years ago: 600+ people is just too many.
The last milonga here in Ashland was at the Black Sheep Pub. Very colorful and casual, with a nice size dance floor. A cozy fire, a little Guiness, a few dozen tango dancers, a DJ playing classic tango, AND one of the women was knitting socks between dance sets!
The drive home was overcast, with atmospheric views of Mt. Shasta.
When we arrived home, the cats all pretended not to know who we were, the usual treatment by cats who imagine they have been abandoned (even though they had an excellent catsitter who spoiled them rotten). However, within the hour they were begging for dinner and a warm lap, so I guess we are forgiven.
I did get some travel knitting done: finally finished the Gentleman's Socks in Austermann Step yarn for Sean.
They turned out pretty nicely: very stretchy fit, the yarn was nice to knit with and feels good on the foot. Now I need to make the same pair for my #1 son. Lots of other small gifty projects to finish, and need to cast on for Sean's Petrol Vest.
I'm also almost done with some other small gifty projects, but have more queued.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I am almost done with this cabled scarf. It's the second of the four cabled scarves I'm making as Christmas gifts. It's the Classic Cable Scarf from Knit Ponchos, Wraps & Scarves by Jane Davis although I only repeated the cable pattern twice, not three times. I'm using Cascade 128 in a deep pink (9478).
Sue It's a Knit Thing
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I got something done for this knitalong.
These are my variation on the Firestarter socks. I did them in Blue Moon lightweight STR in a rare gem colourway.
This is a great pattern. It's done toe-up with a really interesting heel. The fit is good too. Definitely a terrific pattern if you want to make socks that are more fun to knit than just the basic pattern!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Here is my minimal cable project, the Gathered Pullover from the current (winter '07) Interweave Knits. I used Knit Picks Merino Style yarn in "Moss" and US size 8 needles (5 mm). The cable detail in the middle is the most fun I've had knitting cables and provides some shaping in what's otherwise a long tube. All in all, a great knit. More photos & details at my blog.
Monday, November 12, 2007
What you can't see the cabling yet?
Look, very baby cables at the very bottom of the bodice.
The stockinette stitch bodice almost killed me so I'm very excited to move onto something a bit more exciting now. The remainder of the peplum is all cabled and there is quite a bit of cabling on the sleeves as well.
I've been very inspired by all of your photos and hope next time I post I'll have something more eye candy like for you to see.
A few more in progress photos can be found on my blog for those of you who want more of the boring details (e.g., knit in Cascade Cloud 9, a wool & angora blend).
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I can't believe how quickly this sweater knitted up. This is the body of my Gathered Pullover, from the Winter issue of Interweave Knits. My sleeves are done, so all I have to do now is pick up stitches at the neckline for a stockinette border, sew in the sleeves and block.
Friday, November 9, 2007
And it was just in time for a very special birthday girl. My MIL loves her new accessory, and I loved creating this scarf for her.
I made it a keyhole scarf so it would be easier on my MIL's hands. I used size 8 needles, and Simply Soft Dark Sage yarn...the yarn was picked by my MIL...honest, I wasn't being cheap!
I am also working up some swatches for a sweater I want to knit in Donegal Tweed. I haven't seen just the right sweater, so I am thinking about designing my own. I want it to come to mid thigh, have a hood or high collar in case of windy weather, and it will be a cardigan. I haven't yet decided about tie or buttons. Here are two of the cables I am thinking about, in the two colors I am thinking about. This is the Reef Knot. I thought about one of these on each side in the front, with small rope cables framing them. (I couldn't get a really good photo, sorry)
This cable is the double X cable. Both cables are from Barbara Walker's treasuries. I thought I might use three of these on the back of the swetaer, again with small rope cables framing the larger cables.
What do you think? Is that too much? should I choose one and use it front and back? Should I omit the rope cables? Opinions, anyone? Please?
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Pattern: Karaoke Cable Scarf by Midnight Knitter
Size: 71 1/2" x 3 1/2" unblocked
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Color #102
Needles: Brittany US 9 (5.5mm)
This scarf took one week of knitting. The colors in the second picture are truer to the actual scarf.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I have begun swatching for a cabled cardigan sweater in Donegal Tweed that I will design - more to come, soon, I hope.
Friday, November 2, 2007
I loved how this pattern is working up and I thought it would make a great Christmas gift for the 15 year old daughter of a good friend of mine. Sooo, I started a new one using some Noro Kureyon that has been in my stash for several years. I wasn't quite sure what to make with it and this scarf is perfect!
I will get back to the first scarf at some point but I'm excited to have a Christmas gift that should be done very, very soon.
Sue It's a Knit Thing
Irish Hiking Scarf out of Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Oceanos colorway.
Although I’m not totally 100% sold on the variegated yarn/cables combo I’ve got going here…More pics on my blog.
Have a great weekend, everyone!